A first aid kit is important to treat minor injuries. A homemade, multi-purpose first aid kit can be used for the home, your car, at work, and when traveling. The cost is generally not much more than a ready made first aid kit which generally has limited amounts of useful items in smaller packages. Although more expensive than some pre-made First Aid Kits, you can purchase quality first aid items and have extra items to spare. Here is a list of suggested items for a homemade First Aid Kit.
First Aid Kit Accessories
1 Pair of scissors
1 Pair of tweezers
1 Self-Adhesive Wrap (Coban)
1 Package of safety pins
1 Small box of cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
1 Package of moist towelettes
1 Lighter or pack of matches
1 Small bottle of hand sanitizer (alcohol-base)
1 Small jar of petroleum jelly
1 Small mirror
Bandages for a First Aid Kit
1 Box of assorted size Band-Aids
1 Box of medium gauze pads
1 Box of large gauze pads
2 Rolls of gauze
1 Box of medium size non-stick bandage pads
2 Rolls of first aid tape (preferably waterproof)
1 Box of eye pads
Over The Counter Medications for a First Aid Kit
1 Small bottle of Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
1 Small bottle of Ibuprofen (Advil)
1 Box of sinus/nasal decongestant tablets (Sudafed)
1 Small package of cough drops
1 Small package of throat lozenges
1 Box or package of anti-diarrheal tablets (Imodium)
1 Box or package of stomach relief tablets (Pepto-Bismol)
Ointments and Creams for a First Aid Kit
1 Small tube of hydrocortisone ointment or cream
1 Small tube of antibiotic ointment
1 Small tube of analgesic cream
1 Small bottle of insect sting or bite relief
Miscellaneous Items for a First Aid Kit
1 Bottle of eye drops
1 Bottle of ear drops
2 Pairs of latex or nitrile gloves
1 Package of moleskin for blisters
2 Feminine hygiene pads for emergency bandages
2 Rolls of elastic bandages - 1 large and 1 medium
1 Large piece of cloth suitable for making an arm sling
1 First Aid Manual
Add any other items that you have found a need for but were lacking in your first aid kit. The contents can be put inside a small tool box or carry bag. Use whatever you have handy. Make sure to label it with a marker as a first aid kit.
1.) Make sure you are aware of the expiration dates for your first aid items.
2.) Make sure you keep your first aid kit up-to-date.
Even though replacing items that have been used takes time and will cost you money, you can’t put a price on your ability to treat minor illnesses and injuries before they become major problems.
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